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This edition: August 2007

Episode Details

Original tape date: August 23, 2007.


A leading artist of world music, Manu Chao plays music that can be heard around the world. Mixing rock with Latin, African, and Middle Eastern styles, his songs address key experiences of two thirds of the world. These are the hundreds of millions of people who live outside economically developed regions. His music travels well because he travels to know the world well. One of his recent stops was New York City where Canapé found him playing for a global audience in a global city.

2/ Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
Between New Orleans and Houston there is a strange, magical country: cajun country. It's a place with its own language combining centuries old French with rural American English. It's also a deeply musical culture with its own style. Cajun music is now one of Louisiana's important export products, packages of pure joy. CANAPE finds Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys playing at Joe's Pub in Manhattan. Band members talk about bringing their country culture to the Big Apple.

3/ “Klezmer” by Joann Sfar
Joan Sfar charmed critics and readers with The Rabbi's Cat, his graphic novel of life in the old
Jewish quarters of Algeria. That story came from his father's side of the family. He now turns to
his mother's East European origins in Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East, the story of just about the craziest klezmer band this side of Odessa. It all adds up to what one admiring critic calls “a
goofy, somewhat twisted vaudeville routine.” The author paints his world for Canapé.

Duke Ellington always said that his music was beyond category. The word Jazz wasn't adequate as a description. The same kind of problem follows any attempt to quickly describe the music of Serge Gainsbourg who died 15 years ago. His compositions have had such pervasive influence on contemporary French music that some fear no Gaul can do him justice. At least, that's the take of a new recording “Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited”, a tribute compilation of cover versions recorded by a dazzling array of international artists. Producer Timothée Verrecchia tunes Canapé to the station.

5/ Dobet Gnahore at BB King's Blues
African music has always influenced American music. But it is only in recent years that African
musicians have attracted the attention of American listeners. The success of the Africans in
entertaining their American admirers could be seen last year on the multi-city tour of Putumayo
Presents Acoustic Africa. Veterans Habib Koite from Mali and Vusi Mahlasela from South Africa were joined by the dynamic young Dobet Gnahore from the Ivory Coast. At B.B. King's Club in New York Canape listens to her words and her music.

Guest List

Manu Chao Musician

Dobet Gnahore Musician

Mamou Playboys Musicians

Steve Riley Musician

Joanne Sfar Writer

Timothée Verrecchia Producer

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